In a few days, unclaimed packages at the post office will be put on the auction block by the Customs and Excise Division. November 30 is the deadline for retrieving the packages, some of which have been unclaimed for up to two years. The law provides for the sale of such property after six months.
Among the listed contents of the packages are herbal supplements, clothing, and computer accessories.
A list of persons with unclaimed packages can be viewed at the counter area inside the General Post Office.
Claimants should present valid photo ID and the notification card.
Antigua and Barbuda will be represented at a brainstorming session of the OECS –Towards Articulation of a New OECS Development Strategy, to be held on November 29th in St. Lucia.
Permanent Secretary in the Department of Trade, Industry and Commerce, and Antigua and Barbuda’s OECS Commissioner, Ambassador Colin Murdoch, will attend the session. It is expected to address the region’s social protection agenda and a development programme for the private sector. Participants will look at a revised plan of action for agriculture, and discuss the development of an OECS shipping sector. The wide-ranging talks are also expected to focus on trade facilitation and tourism development in the region.
Antigua and Barbuda was the first OECS country to ratify the Revised Treaty of Basseterre establishing the OECS Economic Union. In October 2011 the House of Representatives passed the Treaty of Basseterre into domestic law.
Antigua and Barbuda will also form part of a CARICOM Private Sector Mission to The Dominican Republic from December 4th to 7th.
The Mission will be led by Caricom Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, and will include private sector representatives from across the region. Its primary objective is to discuss strategic ways of improving trade and private sector relations between CARICOM and the Dominican Republic. The Antigua and Barbuda Chamber of Commerce will be represented by Clarvis Joseph.
At their July summit, Caricom Heads of Government took a decision to re-engage with the Dominican Republic, with whom a free trade agreement exists. The Spanish-speaking nation is also a member of the regional grouping known as CARIFORUM, which has signed an Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.
Ministry Technicians are putting the final touches on the 2012 Budget Statement, which will now be presented by Finance and Economy Minister Harold Lovell on Monday, December 5.